Archive of ‘Collection Holdings’ category

William Castellana, artist, Brooklyn NY

Recent Acquisition–Collection of 20 photos by William Castellana of the Satmar hasidic community in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn.


Two men crossing street / Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY(2014)


Woman with children / Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY(2014)


Two men walking / Lee Avenue, Brooklyn, NY(2013)

Recent acquisition by the Yale U. Library

Das Hohe Lied Salomos, the biblical book, Song of Songs in German translation with woodcut illustrations by Ludwig von Hoffman (1865-1945). Berlin: Otto v. Holten, 1921. Limited edition of 30 copies. Yale has number 26 signed by the artist on the colophon page. The Song of Songs is read in the synagogue on the Sabbath of the Passover holiday (this year, April 22-30). It is attributed to King Solomon and deals with spring and young love. It is read on Passover, because the festival is associated with freedom, spring and renewal.


Recent Aquisitions.

Collection of documents of the Etz Hayim Yeshiva, Jerusalem, early 20th century


List of expectations for study and conduct of the students enrolled in the yeshiva


A group of letters of Rabbi Zevel Berznasky
and his wife Masha Beila of Chicago.

A printed letter in the name of Rabbi Shmuel Salant,
head of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem,
soliciting funds for the yeshiva, 1892.

Ketubah from 1890 Kashan (Persia)

IMG_0043“Marriage Contract. Uniting Reuven ben Moshe with Serach, daughter of Yechezkel. Manuscript in Hebrew, composed in Persian Hebrew square and cursive script on paper. Text within colorful triangular panels surrounded by rectangular blocs, red, orange, yellow and green predominating in floral motifs, with sidebar illuminated with geometrical motif. Folds with a few slight tears. 17 x 13.5 inches. Framed in glass 23 x 27 inches. Kashan (Persia), 17th Cheshvan, 1890.

Kashan is an ancient city located in the the province of Isfahan, Iran. Although reputed for its Jewish poets, at the close of the 19th-century there lived in Kashan no more than some 150 Jewish families in the midst of 30,000 Muslim inhabitants.” (Fine Judaica, Kestenbaum & Company, 2015)

Meisterwerke von Maurycy Gottlieb (1856-1879)


“One of 100 Numbered Copies specially bound. Portfolio of 26 plates by Gottlieb in color and black-and-white. German introduction by Moriz Scheyer. Calf-backed portfolio-case, upper cover with vignette portrait of the artist. 12 x 17 inches. Viena, Christoph Reisser, 1923.” (Fine Judaica, Kestenbaum & Company, 2015)

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